What You Need to Know About Shockwave Therapy

Are you suffering from plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis? If you’ve tried lifestyle modifications but still have pain, perhaps it's time to try shockwave therapy. This in-office therapy can help these stubborn connective tissue problems when you haven’t gotten full relief from other treatments. 

Here at Bregman Foot-Ankle & Nerve Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, Dr. Peter Bregman and our team provide top care for all of our patients, including professional athletes and celebrities. Whether you have plantar fasciitis, tendonitis or bunions, or you suffer from issues related to arthritis or diabetes, we offer personalized treatment for these and other foot and ankle conditions. 

One of those treatments is shockwave therapy, a noninvasive modality that triggers your body’s own healing mechanisms to help decrease pain and improve mobility.

Shockwave therapy

Shockwave therapy uses a series of low-energy acoustic wave pulsations to treat a variety of conditions. Initially it was employed to break down kidney stones and gallstones, but doctors found that it can successfully treat connective tissues such as ligaments and tendons. Also called extracorporeal shock wave therapy, it’s typically recommended for people who haven’t found relief from rest, exercises, over-the-counter medications, and other treatments.

Shockwave therapy is generally considered for people who have a tendonitis-type issue lasting more than six weeks. The associated pain can come from a variety of causes, ranging from a sports injury to overuse to repetitive strain. A number of ailments can be treated with this technology including plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis.

How shockwave therapy works

Dr. Bregman reviews your diagnosis and medical history and determines whether shockwave therapy is right for you. He discusses your condition and steps you can take at home to ensure the best possible outcome including activity modification and specific exercises.

During shockwave treatment, a hand-held device delivers the low-energy acoustic wave pulsations to the injured area through your skin. Each session lasts approximately 5 minutes. Therapy is typically done once a week for a period of 3-6 weeks.

Minor soreness, tenderness, or swelling may occur for a few days after the procedure as the body stimulates an inflammatory response to aid in natural healing, but otherwise you can resume most of your daily activities right after treatment. Many patients notice less pain and better mobility after just one procedure. 

If you're tired of suffering from foot or ankle pain, call or click today to book an appointment with Dr. Bregman and find out if shockwave therapy is right for you.

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